What I Ate Wednesday #30: Changing It Up

It may have been an icky, drizzly day, but I thought Sunday was wonderful. Maybe it had something to do with the gross weather and wanting to relax hibernate. Maybe it had something to do with the amazing Ravens victory that occurred on Saturday. Seriously, did you see that game?! Whatever it was, it was refreshing and much-needed.

These are the kind of days that I enjoy some nice, comforting meals. It was nice to change it up a bit.

Barr & Table What I Ate Wednesday WIAW Peas and Crayons Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt Toasted Coconut Overnight Oats Portabello Iowa Girl Eats Thai Turkey Burger

[Breakfast]
Toasted coconut overnight oats. All I can say right now is YUM! If I had to trade the sweet breakfast scramble for anything, this would be it! And I’ll be sharing the recipe on Friday. Just you wait!

[Lunch]
We ventured out in the drizzles down the street to a little local bar called Porters. We’ve been there a few times before but it’s been a good 7 or 8 months since we’ve been. Every time before I’ve gotten the salmon sandwich but I decided to be adventurous and try the portabella mushroom sandwich with grilled red peppers, mozzarella, fresh basil, and homemade scallion aioli. Let’s just say we’ll be heading back there soon!

[Dinner]
Pinterest is my best friend. Especially when I get something that isn’t chicken breast. Last week I came across Mini Mediterranean Turkey Meatloaves from Iowa Girl Eats. But knowing that Nathan and I rarely like to make an entire pound’s worth of the same burger or, in this case, meatloaf, I recalled having pinned Thai Turkey Burgers, also from Iowa Girl Eats.

Well thank goodness for that! I turned the burgers into mini meatloaves and we had a few flavors to choose from. We both chose the Thai meatloaves for dinner on Sunday and Nathan whipped up a broccoli pineapple slaw to top. And I, of course, roasted some broccoli. Because how I could have dinner without roasted broccoli or brussel sprouts?! Exactly. I can’t.

Sunday’s meals weren’t too far out of the ordinary, but just enough to make it feel like I was treating myself. And I have been happily able to treat myself to mini meatloaves all week!

Food for Thought

Are you a creature of habit when it comes to your meals or do you prefer to change it up day by day?

What I Ate Wednesday #22 – Election Day Eats

The day after a presidential election is always a good day. Whether you’re please with the result or not, I think we’re all glad the ads are over!

All politics aside, the day after election day means it’s time for another WIAW!

Barr & Table Cinnamon Overnight Coachs Oats Trader Joes Roasted Red Pepper Soup Sharwoods Thai Red Curry Chicken Broccoli Sweet Potato Turnip Oikos Vanilla Greek Yogurt Protein Plus

[Breakfast]
Poor, poor planning on my part of not requesting an absentee ballot, not changing my voting place to right down the street from where I live now as opposed to down the street from my parents house, and not attempting to vote early resulted in an early morning for this gal. Knowing this, I planned accordingly. Cinnamon overnight oats adapted from my Overnight Oats & Quinoa recipe made me quite happy while I was waiting in line to vote.

[Lunch]
Trader Joe’s has some awesome boxed soups. If you haven’t tried them yet, I’d highly recommend you get on it! I added some edamame and nutritional yeast* to my tomato and roasted red pepper soup. Delicious and full of protein!

[Dinner]
Thai red curry chicken with roasted broccoli, sweet potato, red onion, and turnip. I’ve become a big fan of Sharwood’s sauces and since finding a reasonably priced bag o’ garam masala, I’ve been looking forward to breaking out the Thai red curry. I’m happy to have leftovers 🙂

[Snacks]
A (not pictured) grapefruit in the morning and Gnu Espresso Chip Bar in the afternoon are added to the list. But the snack to top them all is my current favorite (clean eating) dessert. Vanilla greek yogurt with mini chocolate chips and peanut fluff (peanut flour*, stevia, & water). This has been satisfying my night time sweet tooth and has a good amount of protein to make it a great snack for after workouts. Sometimes when I need a little crunch, I top it with a few bunnies 😉

*I get my peanut flour and nutritional yeast from iHerb.com. Use code ZAF482 for $5 off of your first order.

Look out Friday! I have a delicious treat coming for ya that I can’t wait to share.

Barr & Table Banana Brulee Protein Pancake TIU Tone It Up Perfect Fit

And big thanks to FitSugar for sharing my Pumpkin Protein Souffle with Cream Cheese Filling & Frosting!

Food for Thought

Did you stay up all night watching the election results roll in or did you find out this morning?

I zonked out at 11, but woke up at 2am and checked twitter to find out. Because really, where else do you go to learn about current events?! 😉

Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Protein Oats & Quinoa.. and Giveaway Winners!

Oatmeal may very well be my favorite breakfast ever. And then I tried breakfast quinoa, and let me tell you, that comes pretty darn close! I started playing around with a bunch of my oatmeal recipes, and came up with my new favorite breakfast. Cinnamon raisin protein oats and quinoa.

And then I topped it again.

I realized I wouldn’t have time in the morning to make this delicious breakfast so I had to test out an overnight recipe. Ohhhhhh man! I’m in love.

Overnight Cinnamon Raisin Protein Oats & Quinoa

Serves 1

Barr & Table Breakfast Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Protein Oats Quinoa Coconut Almonds Almond Butter Peanut Butter Almond Milk Chia Seed Banana About Time Whey Protein Isolate

Ingredients
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup milk / I use almond milk
2 tbsp protein powder / I use Cinnamon Swirl About Time Whey
1/2 banana, mashed
1/2 tbsp chia seed
1/2 tbsp raisins
1/2 tbsp sliced almonds
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp nut butter / I use 1/2 almond butter & 1/2 peanut butter (optional)

Directions
Add all ingredients into a bowl or container and mix until well combined. Refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, top with your nut butter and enjoy!

Or, if you’re like me and don’t like the cold oats, toss it into the microwave for 1-2 minutes and then top with nut butter and enjoy 🙂

Barr & Table Breakfast Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Protein Oats Quinoa Coconut Almonds Almond Butter Peanut Butter Almond Milk Chia Seed Banana About Time Whey Protein Isolate

And now onto the winners of the CalNaturale Svelte giveaway!! The winners were chosen by an online randomizer to make it fair for everyone 🙂

Drum roll please…….

Jordan Dunne (@j_mosh) says : June 27, 2012 at 3:59 am
I’d love to try the chai flavor! They all sound good enough to enjoy on their own.

Annie says :
I tweeted your giveaway, followed CaliNaturale on Twitter, AND also want to try the chocolate so I can make that tasty looking Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake because, I’ll be honest, substituting the Chai gave it quite an interesting kick…

Grace C says :
chocolate would be amazing :)

Sarah says :
http://t.co/YLy3sTSI I tweeted to win!! :)

Congrats to the four winners! Please contact me at brittany.barr@gmail.com with the flavor of your choice and your address so I can send the info on over to the wonderful people at CalNaturale!

Finally, a big thanks to CalNaturale for sponsoring my very first giveaway! And thanks for being such an incredible company.